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Xamarin University To Host Free Webinars in June

C# developers can dive into the basics of Xamarin.Forms, and go beyond with customizing them, learning how to target game development for various mobile platforms, and integrate it with Azure Machine Learning to build "smart" apps. It's all free in this once-weekly webinar series.

Sometimes, with free stuff, you get what you pay for. With some new offerings from Xamarin University, I'm sure developers will find lots of value in a new webinar series starting later this week.

A blog from Mark Smith, the principal program manager who leads Xamarin University, has all the details. Starting June 1 at 9 a.m. PDT and then every Thursday after for the rest of the month, Xamarin University will be hosting a topical session on using Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin: Xamarin.Forms, building cross-platform games, SkiaSharp Graphics, customizing Xamarin.Forms UI, and Azure Machine Learning.

The webinar will feature a few popular Xamarin University instructors as well as a special guest speaker, popular Windows expert and author Charles Petzold, who will be helming the SkiaSharp demo on July 15.

The sessions require registration here, and they encourage developers to sign up whether they're able to attend or not, as the sessions will be recorded and sent out to those who want 'em.

Other Xamarin links of note:

.NET Insight Podcast Programming Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, the planned episode for last Friday was not posted. It'll be posted later this week. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Here are a handful of other more links we've run across that might be useful to you, in no particular order and definitely not conforming to any particular theme:

Ozzie Rules Blogging: Connecting Power BI to your Visual Studio Team Services Account

Aaron Stebner's WebLog: .NET Framework setup verification tool, cleanup tool and detection sample code now support .NET Framework 4.7

Gunnar Peipman – Programming Blog: Creating simple shoutbox using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

Jerrie Pelser: Determine a user's location from their IP Address in ASP.NET Core

Simple Talk: SQL Server User-Defined Functions

Ben Nadel: Considering When To Throw Errors, Why To Chain Them, And How To Report Them To Users

StrathWeb: Using Roslyn refactorings with OmniSharp and Visual Studio Code

Wintellectd Blogs: Xamarin: From Zero To Certified

Redmond Magazine: Are Virtual Conferences Viable Alternatives to Live Tech Conferences? Accessing Amazon S3 Buckets Through Visual Studio, Part 2

Know of an interesting link, or does your company have a new or updated product or service targeted at Visual Studio developers? Tell me about it at

About the Author

Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed several developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. He's also managed IT pubs for 1105 Media, including Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and Virtualization Review before landing his current gig as Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief. Besides his publishing life, he's a professional photographer, whose work can be found by Googling domingophoto.

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